February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.
Did you know that every year, dental disease causes children to miss 51 million school hours? New reports show that 60 percent of children will have at least one cavity by the age of 5. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the Division of Pediatric Dentistry provides dental care to approximately 15,000 infants, children, teens and patients with special health care needs every year. We take great pride in caring for the dental health of the children in the greater Pittsburgh area and strive to increase the awareness of children’s oral health in our community.
Dental Fun Facts:
– Babies should have their first dental exam by age 1 or six months after they get their first tooth.
-Some babies are born with teeth.
-Children should never take any liquids other than water to bed with them.
-Kids lose their first baby tooth at around age 6.
-Alligators get five different sets of teeth in their life.
-Humans have 20 baby teeth and 32 adult teeth.
-Some flavors of Gatorade have more sugar than Mountain Dew.
-Even “all natural” fruit juice has a lot of natural sugar and acid, which can cause cavities.
-Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. It is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
-You should change your toothbrush every season (spring, summer, fall, winter).
For more information on the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, visit www.chp.edu/CHP/dental.